Something To Talk About

Berkley. May 2020. 336p. ISBN 9780593102527. pap. $16. lgbtq cONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
DEBUT Emma Kaplan has been Jo Jones’s assistant for about a year when Jo asks Emma to join her at an awards show. Jo, who grew up as the only Chinese American cast member on a hit sitcom, has never shied away from confronting the uglier aspects of Hollywood, but she also knows the best way to deal with the press is to not engage. She is sure Emma’s presence on the red carpet will help run interference when word gets out she’s the new writer for a popular action franchise. When Emma rises to the occasion an innocent moment between the two is perceived as romantic by the same paparazzi Jo was trying to keep tamed, and the rumors spread like wildfire. As they work to keep the gossip under control—mostly by responding “no comment”—they spend more time together and determine they’d like to see their relationship grow into something more. But Emma is still Jo’s assistant, there’s someone leaking information to the press, and sticking with “no comment” is becoming a problem for Emma both personally and professionally.
VERDICT This debut is an unputdownable slow-burn romance with well-drawn and incredibly real characters. Wilsner does an amazing job exploring a Hollywood love story in the middle of a #metoo movement.

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